France, known by its high quality of life, is also one of the founding countries of the European Union and a member of the Schengen Agreement. While the usual language of instruction in the majority of offered courses is French, France has become one of the most popular educational destinations in the world for international students from Europe and other regions in the world interested in study abroad programs. In fact, almost 250000 international students chose to study in France in 2009. That’s near 12% of all the student body in France.
Whether you would like to study in France your bachelor’s (“Licence”), master’s or PhD (“Doctorat”) degree, or enroll in a summer study abroad program, the French educational system is designed to provide students with a wide range of study opportunities. If you would like to receive a more theoretical education, universities might be the most appropriate type of institution for you. Or if you would like to earn your degree in France with a more vocational approach, Grandes Écoles or University Institutes of Technology might be your best choice.
Capital City : Paris
Top Cities : Lyon, Marseille, Nice
Population : 67.4 M
GDP : 2.95 Trillion Euros
France has 85 public universities, 225 Engineering Grandes Écoles , 220 Business and Management Grandes Écoles , 120 Arts colleges, 20 Schools of Architecture and 3000 other Écoles and institutes.
Higher education of France is similar India; 3 years of bachelor’s degree, 1-2 years of Master’s degree and 3 years of Doctorate.
A student gets only 1 year visa and residency permit and this can be extended by the university for the full length of the course.
Popular courses offered in France universities are Medicine, Art History, Communication Technology, Information Technology, International Business Administration, Film Studies, Global Communications and International Finance.
Germany is the 3rd most popular study destination among international students in the world. Country’s technological innovation and scientific exploration are world-renowned for its quality of products and education. People all over the world consider “Made in Germany” as a seal of quality.
It’s glorious past and thriving present is the provenance of its endeavor in excelling in giving qualitative education which attracts hundreds and thousands of students every year. The outstanding education system, friendly nature of the people, a unique blend of cultures, relaxing atmosphere and high standard of living available there are the reasons why every student wants to study and live in Germany.
According to the most recent statistics, more than 300,000 international students are studying in Germany of which, nearly 20,000 are Indian! As per a recently conducted survey, 85% of the international students studying in Germany were satisfied with the high-quality education provided by the German institution.
Top Cities : Munich, Hamburg , Frankfurt
Capital City : Berlin
Population : 3.17 M
GDP : 4.45 trillion USD
There are over 1,000 courses German Universities offers to international students. The various courses available in German Universities nurture and develop the best in the students, train them to open their minds to new possibilities, opportunities, skills in logic, develop creativity and self-reliance.
The university offers its students various options to study in Germany as full-time, part-time, evening Programmes, distance, and eLearning.
EDUCATION IN GERMANY
More than 40 universities in Germany are ranked the world’s best in the QS World University Rankings 2016-17. Six of the top 100 universities in the world are in Germany, 18 universities are included in the top 250, and 32 universities are counted among the world’s top 500.
The capital city of Berlin is known as the education hub of Germany.
German universities offer a wide range of courses and programs as per the field of interest of the students. Whether it is an undergraduate or postgraduate program, there are numerous options available to students. The topmost preferred courses by Indian students studying in the Country are Engineering, Management, Computer science, Mathematics, Natural sciences, and Biotechnology.
The main academic subject groups relating to overseas education in Germany are:
Tuition fees in Public universities are as low as 0 to €500 per semester. While private universities charge around 10000 Euros per year
Germany offers best of best infrastructure and facilities for education from elementary schooling till Master’s and PhD programs. Public universities are government funded so there is hardly any tuition fees students have to pay for higher education.
The bachelor’s degree is a first-level university qualification where you learn the fundamentals of a specific subject in six to eight semesters.
The master’s degree is the second-level university qualification which takes two to four semesters, enables you to expand or deepen the knowledge you’ve already gained during your Bachelor’s program of studies.
Doctoral study programs (PhDs) usually take between two and five years depending on the topic of your research project. During your studies, you are required to write a research paper (dissertation).
Applications for overseas education in German Universities are accepted all-round the year:
There are no proper rules and requirements set up by the German universities for the students. Every university has its own admission and eligibility criteria for students want to enroll in their university. Therefore students are advised to check the university website and their admission requirements before applying for a specific study program.
If the student is planning to take a course in German medium, then he/she needs to appear in a recognized German Language Proficiency Test like TestDaF [Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Test of German as a Foreign Language)] or DSH (Deutschen Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang) and submit a proof of German language proficiency.
The general criteria for applications in German universities are mentioned below:
English Language Proficiency:
All International applicants are required to take recognized the English language proficiency tests (IELTS/ TOEFL) to get admission in the college. Minimum IELTS band score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each section is required and the TOEFL score between 79 and 101.
Undergraduate study in Germany
Duration of Bachelor programs in Germany: An Undergraduate program has 6 semesters which generally completes in 4 years, including a 1-year program called Foundation year/Freshman program/Studienkolleg.
Postgraduate study in Germany
Duration of Masters in Germany: A master’s program has 2 to 4 semesters which generally completes within 2 years of enrolling (generally has a duration of 18 to 24 months).
Ph.D. study in Germany
Duration of Ph.D. programs in Germany: Depending on the topic of your research project, it usually takes 3 years to 5 years to complete your Ph.D. program in Germany.
Following is the list of documents required for applying to various German universities:
Bachelors in Germany:
Masters in Germany:
Ph.D. in Germany:
Students should appear for the important standard test and collate all their important documents in support of their application to study in Germany which includes their student visa, certificates, thesis, etc.
|University||QS Ranking 2021||THE Ranking 2021||ARWU Ranking 2020|
|Technical University of Munich (TUM)||50||41||54|
|Ludwig Maximilians University Munich||63||32||51|
|Humboldt University Berlin||117||80||–|
|Freie Universität Berlin||130||118||–|
|Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)||131||201||201|
|RWTH Aachen University||145||107||201|
|Technische Universität Berlin||148||140||301|
|Technische Universität Dresden||173||152||201|
|University of Freiburg||175||83||101|
|University of Tübingen||175||78||151|
|University of Göttingen||195||130||101|
|University of Bonn||240||114||87|
|University of Cologne||282||145||151|
|University of Mannheim||307||140||–|
|Goethe University Frankfurt||311||251||101|
|Friedrich Schiller University Jena||323||251||401|
|University of Stuttgart||333||351||301|
|University of Münster||356||195||151|
|Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz||403||301||201|
|University of Würzburg||437||140||201|
You need to apply for a Student Visa so you can stay in Germany to study in a recognized university or college.
You have to apply for a residence permit at the Alien Registration Office in your university town within your first three months in Germany.
Note: in any case, you must provide the address of your residence once you arrive in France
Time for visa processing: 2-3 weeks normally
Fee: 50 Euros (in equivalent Indian Rupees, to be paid in cash at the time of depositing the application file)